55-250 stm vs 70-300 usm is ii on a 90D

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Michael Thomas Mitchell Forum Pro • Posts: 12,145
Re: 55-250 stm vs 70-300 usm is ii on a 90D

losifanatic wrote:

I was surprised to see how much the price has gone up on the 55-250stm. I mean you could get one for $120 at anytime a few years back

My impression of the 55-250 STM was that it was in the same range as the 10-18 STM, around $275. But they are so inexpensive and plentiful that used and refurbs can often be found for half that price. I picked up an STM version on a Black Friday sale about four years ago for $109. Then last year a second copy (my wife and I both enjoy it for travel) with a Canon refurb kit that included an 80D, 55-250 and 18-55 for just $672. (At that price, the lens seems virtually free.) I suspect that they are so plentiful because they are excellent starter lenses that likely often serve as a stepping stone for future L glass buyers. Someone who just bought a 100-400 L or 70-200 L and isn't worried about size has little need for their previous 55-250.

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